“Images of Cortés in Sixteenth-Century Translations of Francisco López de Gómara’s Historia de la conquista de México (1552)": Special edition by Roberto A. Valdeón

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This study provides an overview of five sixteenth-century translations of Francisco López de Gómara’s Historia de la conquista de México (1552), namely, Agostino di Cravaliz’s and Lucio Mauro’s into Italian, Thomas Nicholls’s into English, and Martin Fumée’s and Guillaume Le Breton’s into French. The article is organized into two main sections. The first one casts some light upon the socio-historical context in which the translations were written by analysing several paratexts (e.g., acknowledgements and introductions). The second section focuses on the manner in which passages regarding Cortés’s origins and death were rendered, discussing translators’ techniques, skopos, and target audiences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-188
Number of pages20
JournalTarget: International Journal of Translation Studies
Issue number2
Early online date25 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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  • Francisco López de Gómara
  • Hernán Cortés
  • Aztec Empire
  • conquest

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